Rebekah Vardy’s agent has pleaded with her not to sue Coleen Rooney for defamation, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Caroline Watt, the PR agent with a vital off-stage role in the High Court drama playing out between the two WAGs, has tried to talk her out of legal action and urged her to move on with her life.
Friends of former flight attendant Ms Watt said she was initially supportive of Ms Vardy after Ms Rooney accused her of leaking stories, but grew alarmed when the row turned into a lawsuit.
Rebekah Vardy’s agent has pleaded with her not to sue Coleen Rooney (pictured on Friday) for defamation, The Mail on Sunday can reveal
One said: ‘Caroline saw it all run away from them and wanted it to stop.
“She tried to stop Becky but she just didn’t have it.
“She was determined to get her apology from Coleen at all costs, so she kept pushing. Becky was warned that it was going to be expensive and there was a lot of damaging correspondence between Caroline and herself, but it was as if Becky was on a getaway train and there was nothing Caroline could do about it.
“Everything got out of control. It was quite extraordinary for Caroline to see. She spent years advising Becky and being her friend, so she hoped that, on this one, she would listen to her. Alas, she didn’t.
Ms Vardy accepted in court papers that Ms Watt may have leaked stories to The Sun, but it was without her knowledge.
She was accused in court of betraying Ms Watt by ‘throwing her under the bus’.
Friends: Caroline Watt and Ms Vardy, third and far right, in The Sun’s VIP box at the National TV Awards in 2019
WhatsApp messages emerged last week showing Ms Watt admitted telling the newspaper a story about Ms Rooney crashing her 4×4 car in Washington DC.
Ms Watt, 39, who no longer works for Ms Vardy and is unable to give evidence due to illness, also had a conversation with her about selling details of former Leicester City footballer Danny Drinkwater , arrested for drunk driving in 2019.
Friends of Ms Vardy say her determination to win the High Court battle, which began on Tuesday, was helped after her husband Jamie scored for Leicester City in their 3-0 win over Norwich City on Wednesday.
A sketch by court artist Priscilla Coleman of Ms Rooney, watched by her husband Wayne, as she gives evidence at the Royal Courts Of Justice
Ms Vardy, pictured leaving the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday, is suing Coleen Rooney for defamation after Ms Rooney claimed her colleague WAG had leaked ‘false stories’ about her personal life to the press.
“It gives her confidence, it feeds her,” said one. “Jamie scored two goals and it gave Becky the extra little boost she needed to get through her torrid days on court. All the time he is scoring and playing at such a high level, she knows everything is fine.
The MoS can also reveal that the England WAGs Ms Vardy is accused of setting up for a photographer when they all ate in a restaurant during the 2018 World Cup in Russia are “absolutely devastated”.
One said she ‘couldn’t believe’ the suggestion that a fellow WAG would even consider ‘doing the dirty’ on them in such a way.
“Becky had a private jet to ferry her around the games, so she didn’t spend as much time with the women’s group, but they still trusted her,” a source said. “A lot of them feel very sad.”
Fern Hawkins, who married England and Manchester United defender Harry Maguire last week, is said to have been particularly upset.
Friends of former flight attendant Ms Watt said she was initially supportive of Ms Vardy after Ms Rooney (pictured with Wayne Rooney) accused her of leaking stories but grew alarmed when the argument turned into a lawsuit.
Mrs Rooney, 36, and her husband Wayne, 35, left with their four sons at the Cheshire home on Friday after giving evidence.
The couple have been staying near the High Court but it is believed they wanted to spend some family time before she returns to the witness box.
Ms. Vardy returned home to her five children. But insiders believe her husband, 35, would have found last week’s court revelations disturbing, particularly those relating to ex-teammate Drinkwater.
“It must be very difficult for him to know that whatever dressing room he is in, there could easily be suspicions about him about it,” said one.
The Vardys, believed to be worth £12m, were once football’s golden couple.
A Hollywood filmmaker reportedly planned to make a film about their rise to fame, but the project appears to have been scrapped.
Mr Vardy also set up the V9 academy to find non-league football talent, which has been the subject of a Sky TV series – but his Instagram page has not been updated for almost a year .